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James Cameron Says A Fox Exec Wanted Him To Cut Out The "Tree Hugging Hippy Crap" From 'Avatar'

by Kevin Jagernauth
March 18, 2011 7:36 AM
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It's hard to believe, but the guy who made "Aliens" and "Terminator 2" is now Mr. Environment. With "Avatar," James Cameron not only took 3D out of the gimmick gutter but he also painted himself as a concerned environmentalist (though he remains blissfully ignorant of the waste created by double and triple dipping DVD releases and the endless stream of crap merchandising has created for the film; but that's a conversation for another time). Anyway, during the film's long gestating period it looks like one Fox executive wasn't down with all the hippie dippy tree hugging in the movie.

Speaking with James Murdoch (yes, the son of Rupert) at a panel at the Abu Dhabi Media Summit, Cameron reveals that a studio honcho -- since departed -- didn't see eye to eye with the director on his movie. “We were worried going into 'Avatar' that the environmental themes -- that went to a spiritually deep profound level -- would actually hurt the film. Somebody at Fox, not there now, said, ‘Is there any way to reduce this New Age, tree-hugging, hippy crap?,’” Cameron said.

Well that "tree hugging crap" is in the movie, so Cameron won that round but we're not sure it went to the "spiritually deep profound level" he's talking about. Anyway, Cameron will have plenty of opportunity to keep telling people to recycle or whatever with "Avatar 2" and "Avatar 3" which are in development for release in 2014 and 2015. [via Deadline]

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  • Matt | March 19, 2011 7:44 AMReply

    It seems almost surreal that people are up in arms over the fact that a biased opinion has been expressed on a blog site.

  • corwinsr | March 19, 2011 6:27 AMReply

    It's the Indiewire Blog Network people. We're you expecting CNN?
    If you clicked this story because you thought it was "news" then it says way more about you than the author. Get over it.

  • Vince Pilutis | March 19, 2011 3:41 AMReply

    Once again the apple doesn't fall far from the tree MURDOCHS

  • spHT34 | March 19, 2011 2:36 AMReply

    Wow. Looks like James Cameron fanboys (and maybe his mom) are really getting defensive here.

  • bobmorton | March 19, 2011 1:45 AMReply

    jeez. so this is what gawker would look like without the commenting "try-outs" and stars.

  • Peter H | March 18, 2011 12:43 PMReply

    EDIT : I get this is an opinion piece... just the authors opinion makes him sound like a moron.

  • Peter H | March 18, 2011 12:41 PMReply

    wow, what a terribly written article... I will NOT be visiting this website again.... As other posters have said, report the fact... not your lame opinions.

  • ralph | March 18, 2011 10:57 AMReply

    I think the writer of this column needs to be recycled

  • Kevin Jagernauth | March 18, 2011 10:33 AMReply

    @JohnDoe James Cameron gets a piece of every DVD and merchandise sold. It's in his deal. So it's in his best interest for them to keep churning Avatar pencil cases or whatever.

  • JohnDoe | March 18, 2011 10:28 AMReply

    "...though he remains blissfully ignorant of the waste created by double and triple dipping DVD releases and the endless stream of crap merchandising has created for the film; but that’s a conversation for another time...".

    Please tell me the author of this article knows this has nothing to do with Cameron for the most part? Besides approval of material for release, and editing the film for a "Director's Cut", (which studios go to him for when they want to push a release), Cameron has nothing to do with releases of films and merchandise owned by 20th Century FOX (whether he directed and wrote them or not). You want to talk to someone about waste created by merch and DVD related releases, talk to the studios. Hell, if it was up to Cameron, he probably would have put all the extra material on the Blu-ray right away, but he couldn't, because the CGI had to be rendered and completed for release, so instead, the studio released the theatrical version to hold people over for about 6 months.

  • me | March 18, 2011 9:51 AMReply

    If it is an opinion column then don't advertise it as a news one.

  • Me | March 18, 2011 9:36 AMReply

    I'll bet it was Tom Rothman. Ass.

  • The Playlist | March 18, 2011 9:31 AMReply

    The reader of this article. We dictate you, read, or don't.

  • person | March 18, 2011 9:31 AMReply

    It's an opinion column. Stop whining about the writer picking on the poor old King of the World and go read a press release if you want something completely free of bias.

  • me | March 18, 2011 9:25 AMReply

    To the author of this article --write about fact...we don't care about your opinion of Mr. Cameron or the movie.

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